Life with My Service Dog

I’m going to tell you something that you may not realize. Not all assistive devices for people with disabilities is electrical or mechanical. I know, mind blowing.

In addition to my Quantum® Q6 Edge® 2.0 Power Chair with iLevel®, I have another type of assistive technology that isn’t technology at all! It’s my service dog, Tyler. She is my arms, legs, butler, doorbell, door lady, and conversation starter. Check out my blog on service dogs and wheelchairs.

Tyler has been with me as my “pawtner” since May 4, 2012. I got her from Duo Dogs in St Louis. She has really enhanced my independence because I can handle any situation calmly and coolly and I don’t have to ask for help from other people. All her tasks help me, but she just thinks it’s all just a game! She loves working! Tyler has travelled with me to Kentucky and Memphis, Tennessee. She was a fantastic travel companion.

Unfortunately, Tyler has almost reached the age when she needs to retire. She is over nine years old. People refer to Labradors as Peter Pan dogs because they never grow up! They wag until their very last breath. When the time comes, she will retire and be the best couch potato on the planet. I am currently on the waiting list, for a new furry partner, also known as a successor. Once the Coronavirus pandemic is behind us, I’ll attend a two-week training and learn how to work with another service dog.

For me, it’s bittersweet, but Tyler has worked very hard and deserves to love her golden years. About Alison Chancellor: Alison is a friend of Quantum. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she cheers on her beloved St. Louis Blues at hockey games. Click here to learn more about Alison.